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You Gave Me A Mountain

COVERED BY ELVIS

you gave me a mountain
the secret of happiness


recording date elvis: Sunday 14 january 1973; concert
first release: on audio album aloha from hawai via satellite ( february 1973 )
label: rca victor
catalog number: vpsx 6089


originally by: Marty Robbins

recording year: 9 may 1966
originally written by: Marty Robbins
catalognumber:
label: columbia
album: the Bear Family collection, "Country 1960-1966.



frankie lane :
You gave me a mountain


It is said that Marty Robbins wrote this number especially for his friend Frankie Laine, but Laine did not record "You Gave Me A Mountain" until 1968. Robbins' original version was made on 9 May 1966 for Columbia, but was not released until 1995, when it appeared on the Bear Family collection, "Country 1960-1966." He later recorded another version that was released on his "It's A Sin" LP in 1969, perhaps about the time that Frankie Laine made his recording of "You Gave Me A Mountain." Laine disliked the line "Despised and ignored by my father," changing it to, "Deprived of the love of my father." Laine's recording reached number 24 in 1969 in the Billboard pop chart and number 1 in the Adult Contemporary (easy listening) chart in the USA in March 1969. went gold early the following year.


You Gave Me A Mountain
performed by:






You Gave Me A Mountain
performed by:
Elvis Presley



Born in the heat of the desert
My mother died giving me life
Deprived of the love of a father
Blamed for the loss of his wife

You know Lord I've been in a prison
For something that I never done
It's been one hill after another
I've climbed them all one by one

But this time, Lord you gave me a mountain
A mountain you know I may never climb
It isn't just a hill any longer
You gave me a mountain this time

My woman got tired of heartaches
Tired of the grief and the strife
So tired of working for nothing
Just tired of being my wife

She took my one ray of sunshine
She took my pride and my joy
She took my reason for living
She took my small baby boy

But this time, Lord you gave me a mountain
A mountain you know I may never climb
It isn't just a hill any longer
You gave me a mountain this time





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